1931 Bentley 4.5-Liter Boattail by Gurney Nutting / SM3916 Chassis Information

1931 Bentley 4.5-Liter photograph

1931 Bentley 4.5-Liter photograph

1931 Bentley 4.5-Liter photograph

1931 Bentley 4.5-Liter photograph

1931 Bentley 4.5-Liter photograph

1931 Bentley 4.5-Liter photograph

1931 Bentley 4.5-Liter photograph

1931 Bentley 4.5-Liter photograph

1931 Bentley 4.5-Liter photograph

1931 Bentley 4.5-Liter photograph

1931 Bentley 4.5-Liter photograph

1931 Bentley 4.5-Liter photograph

1931 Bentley 4.5-Liter photograph

1931 Bentley 4.5-Liter photograph

1931 Bentley 4.5-Liter photograph

1931 Bentley 4.5-Liter photograph

1931 Bentley 4.5-Liter photograph

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Boattail by Gurney Nutting
Coachwork: Gurney Nutting
Chassis #: SM3916
Engine #: SM 3922
Build #: Supercharger No: 125
Registration #: GK 8443
Sold for $4,510,000 at 2007 Gooding & Company.
Of the 43 Blower Bentley's still in existence, only a few remain unmolested and untouched, such as this example. It is a total matching numbers car with its supercharger carrying the number 125. The chassis number is SM 3916, engine number 3922, and British registration number GK 8443.

The cars original owner was S.B. Peck who took delivery on December 31st of 1931 from the Jack Barclay showrooms in London. The car is fitted with a 2/3-passenger boattail body with coachwork by Gurney Nutting. It is the only remaining example that closely resembles the Gurney Nutting boat-tail car built for Woolf Barnato. Barnato was a factory team driver, one of the famed 'Bentley Boys' that achieved much success in Bentleys during the 1920s and early 1930s, and the chairman of Bentley.

This car was given the nickname 'The Green Hornet' by one of its later owners, Bill and Ann Klein. The car retains a plaque on its dashboard that states 'The Green Hornet.' The Klein's would go on to own several Bentley automobiles throughout the years. The car was a gift to Ann in 1953 and it would remain in her possession since that time.

Given its age, the patina on this original Bentley is excellent. There are cracks, fading paint, the seats are in poor condition, but this is to be expected for a car of its age. There is a period correct spotlight, many gauges in the interior, has its original supercharger cover, and the original folding windshield.

The car does not have a factory competition history though it was certainly fitted with the necessary racing components that could have easily outpaced competition in many racing events. It has a close-ratio gearbox, the supercharged engine, lightweight body, and aerodynamic boat-tail configuration.

In 2007 this blower Bentley was brought to the Gooding & Company auction held in Pebble Beach, Ca. As expected, it was one of the highlights of the event. With so few Blower Bentleys in existence, it is rare to see them come to market. This is a very original car making it even more sought after. Had it been a factory racer, its value would be even higher. Nonetheless, it is still qualified entrant for many historic events and could even grace the Pebble Beach Concours lawn in their Preservation Category. The potential and rarity of this car was easily understood by bidders, as the value of this car continued to escalate throughout the auction. When the gavel fell for the third and final time, the lot had been sold for $4,510,000 including buyer's premium.

The car returned to Gooding & Company's Pebble Beach Auction in 2012, this time carrying an estimated value of $8,000,000 - $10,000,000. Bidding rose to $7,000,000 but was not enough to satisfy the vehicle's reserve. It would leave the auction unsold.


By Daniel Vaughan | Dec 2012


2012 Gooding and Company - Pebble Beach Auction

Pre-Auction Estimates :
$8,000,000-$10,000,000 
Lot was not sold

2007 Gooding & Company

Sale Price :
$4,510,000

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1931 Bentley 4.5-Liter Auction Sales

Recent Sales

(Data based on Model Year 1931 sales)
1931 Bentley 4½-Litre Supercharged Tourer
Chassis#: SM 3925
Sold for $2,666,358
  2018 Bonhams : Goodwood
 
1931 Bentley 4½-Litre Supercharged Two-Seater Sports in the style of Vanden Plas
Chassis#: MS3929
Sold for $4,015,000
  2015 RM Sotheby's : Monterey
1931 Bentley 4.5-Liter image  1931 Bentley 4.5-Liter image  
1931 Bentley 4½ Liter Supercharged Le Mans
Chassis#: MS 3944
Sold for $4,647,500
  2013 Bonhams - Quail Lodge Auction
1931 Bentley 4.5-Liter image  1931 Bentley 4.5-Liter image  
1931 Bentley 4.5-Liter Blower
Chassis#: MS 3928
Sold for $1,760,000
  2008 Gooding & Company
1931 Bentley 4.5-Liter image  1931 Bentley 4.5-Liter image  
1931 Bentley 4.5-Liter Blower
Sold for $4,510,000
  2007 Gooding & Company
1931 Bentley 4.5-Liter image  1931 Bentley 4.5-Liter image  
1931 Bentley 4 1/2 Litre Le Mans Replica
Chassis#: XT3636
Sold for $159,683
  2003 Bonhams - Goodwood Revival
 

Vehicles That Failed To Sell

1931 Bentley 4.5-Liter's that have appeared at auction but did not sell.
VehicleChassisEventHigh BidEst. LowEst. High
1931 Bentley 4½ Liter Supercharged Birkin Le Mans ReplicaMS 39422019 Bonhams : Quail Lodge Auction $2,750,000$3,750,000
1931 Bentley 4.5 Litre Blower - SM3925SM39252014 Silverstone : Salon Prive   
1931 BENTLEY 4½-LITRE SUPERCHARGED TOURERXT36352014 The Goodwood Festival of Speed Sale $750,000$850,000
1931 Bentley 4 1/2 Litre SC Blower Sports 2/3 Seater BoattailSM39162012 Gooding and Company Pebble Beach Auction $8,000,000$10,000,000
1931 Bentley 4½ Liter ‘Birkin Style Tourer with original Supercharger 2009 Bonhams Quail Lodge Resort and Golf Club $900,000$1,000,000

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Vehicle Profiles

Chassis information for the Bentley 4.5 Liter1926 Tourer
Coachbuilder: Vanden Plas
Chassis Num: 911
Engine Num: 919
Chassis information for the Bentley 4.5 Liter1926 Tourer
Coachbuilder: Vanden Plas
Chassis Num: FS3619
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Chassis Num: DS 3573
Chassis information for the Bentley 4.5 Litre1927 Tourer
Coachbuilder: Vanden Plas
Chassis Num: DS 3574
Chassis information for the Bentley 4.5 Litre1927 Tourer
Coachbuilder: Vanden Plas
Chassis Num: RN3031
Chassis information for the Bentley 4.5 Litre1927 Tourer
Coachbuilder: Vanden Plas
Chassis Num: ST3015
Engine Num: ST3015
Chassis information for the Bentley 4.5 Litre1927 Tourer
Coachbuilder: Vanden Plas
Chassis Num: YU7692
Chassis information for the Bentley 4.5 Litre1928 Tourer
Coachbuilder: Vanden Plas
Chassis information for the Bentley 4.5 Litre1928 Tourer
Coachbuilder: Vanden Plas
Chassis information for the Bentley 4.5 Litre1928 Tourer
Coachbuilder: Vanden Plas
Chassis information for the Bentley 4.5 Litre1928 Drophead Coupe
Coachbuilder: Victor Broom
Chassis information for the Bentley 4.5 Litre1928 Tourer
Coachbuilder: Vanden Plas
Chassis Num: HF3177
Engine Num: HF3178 / SL 3054
Chassis information for the Bentley 4.5 Litre1928 LeMans Sport Bobtail
Coachbuilder: Vanden Plas
Chassis Num: KM3088
Engine Num: MF3175
Chassis information for the Bentley 4.5 Litre1928 Semi-Le Mans Sports Tourer
Coachbuilder: Vanden Plas
Chassis Num: MF3153
Engine Num: SM3905
Chassis information for the Bentley 4.5 Litre1928 Tourer
Coachbuilder: Vanden Plas
Chassis Num: PM3252
Engine Num: PM3256
Chassis information for the Bentley 4.5 Litre1928 Tourer
Coachbuilder: Harrison
Chassis Num: PM3259
Engine Num: PM3258
Chassis information for the Bentley 4.5 Litre1928 Tourer
Chassis Num: SL3075
Engine Num: SL3071
Chassis information for the Bentley 4.5 Litre1928 Flexible Coupe
Coachbuilder: Harrison
Chassis Num: XR3347
Engine Num: XR3347
Chassis information for the Bentley 4.5 Litre1928 Tourer
Coachbuilder: Vanden Plas
Chassis Num: YV7263
Engine Num: KM3096
Chassis information for the Bentley 4.5 Litre1929 Sport Touring
Coachbuilder: Harrison
Chassis information for the Bentley 4.5 Litre1929 Salmon & Sons Coupe
Coachbuilder: Salmon & Sons
Chassis information for the Bentley 4.5 Litre1929 Tourer
Coachbuilder: Vanden Plas
Chassis information for the Bentley 4.5 Litre1929 Two-Seat Sports
Coachbuilder: Harrison
Chassis Num: DS3568
Chassis information for the Bentley 4.5 Litre1929 Tourer
Coachbuilder: Vanden Plas
Chassis Num: DS3575
Engine Num: DS3572
Chassis information for the Bentley 4.5 Litre1929 Tourer
Coachbuilder: Vanden Plas
Chassis Num: FB3317
Engine Num: FB3320
Chassis information for the Bentley 4.5 Litre1929 Offset Single Seater
Chassis Num: HB3402
Engine Num: SM3901
Chassis information for the Bentley 4.5 Litre1929 Tourer
Coachbuilder: Vanden Plas
Chassis Num: HB3403
Engine Num: SM3902
Chassis information for the Bentley 4.5 Litre1929 Tourer
Coachbuilder: Vanden Plas
Chassis Num: HB3404/R
Chassis information for the Bentley 4.5 Litre1929 Robinson Tourer
Coachbuilder: Vanden Plas
Chassis Num: HB3410
Engine Num: HB3412
Chassis information for the Bentley 4.5 Litre1929 Tourer
Coachbuilder: Vanden Plas
Chassis Num: HR3976
Engine Num: HR3976
Chassis information for the Bentley 4.5 Litre1929 Tourer
Coachbuilder: Vanden Plas
Chassis Num: KL3584
Engine Num: KL3584
Chassis information for the Bentley 4.5 Litre1929 Tourer
Coachbuilder: Thrupp and Maberly
Chassis Num: MR3990
Chassis information for the Bentley 4.5 Litre1929 Tourer
Coachbuilder: Vanden Plas
Chassis Num: NX3451
Engine Num: NX3455 - XF3507
Chassis information for the Bentley 4.5 Litre1929 Tourer
Coachbuilder: Vanden Plas
Chassis Num: NX3452
Engine Num: NX3454
Chassis information for the Bentley 4.5 Litre1929 Open Sports Tourer
Coachbuilder: Vanden Plas
Chassis Num: NX3463
Engine Num: NX3469
Chassis information for the Bentley 4.5 Litre1929 Tourer
Chassis Num: NX3466
Engine Num: AD3655
Chassis information for the Bentley 4.5 Litre1929 Tourer
Chassis Num: PL3497
Engine Num: FT3223
Chassis information for the Bentley 4.5 Litre1929 Tourer
Chassis Num: RC2209
Chassis information for the Bentley 4.5 Litre1929 Tourer
Coachbuilder: Vanden Plas
Chassis Num: RL3427
Engine Num: RL3429
Chassis information for the Bentley 4.5 Litre1929 Tourer
Coachbuilder: Vanden Plas
Chassis Num: RL3448
Engine Num: MR3377
Chassis information for the Bentley 4.5 Litre1929 Tourer
Chassis Num: SM 3903
Engine Num: SM 3907
Chassis information for the Bentley 4.5 Litre1929 Tourer
Coachbuilder: Vanden Plas
Chassis Num: SM3917
Engine Num: MS3933
Chassis information for the Bentley 4.5 Litre1929 Tourer
Chassis Num: TX3246
Engine Num: PM3275
Chassis information for the Bentley 4.5 Litre1929 Tourer
Coachbuilder: Vanden Plas
Chassis Num: XR3332
Engine Num: XR3337
Chassis information for the Bentley 4.5-liter1930 Drophead Coupe
Coachbuilder: Gurney Nutting
Chassis Num: GK 6661
Chassis information for the Bentley 4.5-liter1930 Tourer
Coachbuilder: Vanden Plas
Chassis Num: PB3549
Engine Num: PB3539
Chassis information for the Bentley 4.5-liter1930 Saloon
Coachbuilder: Maythorne & Sons
Chassis Num: XF3520
Chassis information for the Bentley 4.5-Liter1931 Sports Tourer
Coachbuilder: Thrupp and Maberly
Chassis information for the Bentley 4.5-Liter1931 Sports Tourer
Coachbuilder: Thrupp and Maberly
Chassis Num: MR 3390
Engine Num: MR 3393
Chassis information for the Bentley 4.5-Liter1931 Sports Tourer
Coachbuilder: Thrupp and Maberly
Chassis Num: MS 3928
Engine Num: SM 3921
Chassis information for the Bentley 4.5-Liter1931 Supercharged Birkin Le Mans Replica
Chassis Num: MS 3942
Engine Num: MS 3950
Chassis information for the Bentley 4.5-Liter1931 Le Mans Boattail
Coachbuilder: Vanden Plas
Chassis Num: MS 3944
Engine Num: MS 3941
Chassis information for the Bentley 4.5-Liter1931 Two-Seater Sports
Coachbuilder: Vanden Plas
Chassis Num: MS3929
Engine Num: MS3932
Chassis information for the Bentley 4.5-Liter1931 Four Seater Sports
Coachbuilder: Vanden Plas
Chassis Num: MS3932
Chassis information for the Bentley 4.5-Liter1931 Boattail by Gurney Nutting
Coachbuilder: Gurney Nutting
Chassis Num: SM3916
Engine Num: SM 3922
Chassis information for the Bentley 4.5-Liter1931 Tourer
Coachbuilder: Vanden Plas
Chassis Num: SM3917
Engine Num: MS3933


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